By GBENGA OLARINOYE, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola has declared that majority of Nigeria leaders mainly strive for power to enrich themselves and members of their family.
Aregbesola disclosed this at a lecture organized to mark the 2012 world human right day in the state titled “corruption as a threat to human right: Challenges and prospects” held at Osogbo city hall.
The governor, who was the special guest of honour at the event disclosed that corruption has become a menace in the Nigerian society, saying it has cripple the nation’s economy than the low pace of production in the polity.
According to him, although taxation is the only means of revenue for government, hence the people must be responsible to government for it to meet the social responsibilities expected by the people.
He, however, frowned at the low-level of production in the economy, maintaining that there is urgent need to tackle the menace of corruption among public office holders.
Earlier in his speech, the guest lecturer, Comrade Debo Adeniran berated tiers of government in the country for allowing corruption to thrive in the system.
He specifically condemned the approach of President Goodluck Jonathan led administration to the issue of corruption, saying the style encouraged the menace to thrive.
“Although President Jonathan want Nigerians to believe his government is working assiduously to combat the endemic corruption, but a closer look shows that the government’s profligate and wasteful lifestyle constitutes the major form of corruption in the nation.
The 2012 and propose 2013 budgets do not portray the government as serious in its purpose to stamp out corruption and eradicate poverty in the land”, he added.
Adeniran said that the masses could rely on the present government to bring about salvation, saying the key office holders are beneficiaries of the lopsided socio-economic situations in the country.
He called for a reliable constitutional review to address salient issues in the nation’s polity and emphasized that such constitutional review must focus on tackling the menace of corruption in the country socio-economic system, adding that such review could only be successful through a Sovereign National Conference (SNC).
The activist warned that if the country leadership continue to resist SNC through which peaceful resolution to the nation’s crisis could be solved and the disparity between the rich and the poor continue to widen, then the nation is likely to face a bloody revolution.